RICHFIELD — In a highly anticipated quarterfinal matchup between two 1A powerhouses, top-seeded Duchesne and No. 2 Piute, the two teams didn’t waste any time getting right to it and going after each other Thursday night.
Piute came out swinging and opened the game on a 13-2 run before taking a commanding 15-5 lead after the first quarter before Duchesne battled its way back into the game and within three points before the Thunderbirds pulled away late for the 65-53 win at the Sevier Valley Center.
“We knew Duchesne was going to be a tough team. We knew both teams matched up well with each other and we knew we were going to have our hands full all night,” Piute head coach Wade Westwood said. “We knew what we were up against. They have a great offense and I was nervous coming into this game, but our girls really showed up, played hard and got the win, luckily.”
The Thunderbirds rolled behind star point guard and 1A leading scorer Shaylee Gleave, who led all scorers with 22 points, and Macey Dalton, who scored 19 points and three treys, and have now won a staggering 52 straight games as they enter the semifinals of the 1A state championship.
“We come from a tough region (Region 20) and these girls are used to playing in close games,” Westwood said. “They are used to being tough when it counts, and luckily we made the plays and made the baskets when we needed to.”
The defending champs will now look to continue their dominance and quest for a second straight state title and undefeated season when they take on a defensive-minded third-seeded Bryce Valley team. The game is set for Friday at 6 p.m. at the Sevier Valley Center.